Family:Edward Dix and Jane Unknown (1)

b. by abt 1610
d. bef 1660
2 May 1637 Watertown, MA
2 May 1639 Watertown, MA
  1.   Watertown Records.

    by Charles Lyman Newhall. University of Wisconsin, 1899 / Digitized 2007

  2.   Bond, Henry, M.D., and Horatio Gates Jones. Genealogies of the Families and Descendants of the Early Settlers of Watertown, Massachusetts, including Waltham and Weston (1860): To which is Appended the Early History of the Town. With Illustrations, Maps and Notes. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1860), 2/53.

    “Edward Dix embarked at Gravesend, Jan. 16, 1635, aged 19, and in the same vessel came Jane Wilkinson, aged 10. He was admitted freeman, May 4, 1635, and his name is on the earliest list of proprietors of Wat.” In volume 2, however, “It was for a time supposed that Edward Dix and Jane Wilkinson, who embarked at Gravesend in Jan. 1635, were married after their arrival, and became the ancestors of all the Dix families in Watertown and that vicinity. This supposition is not yet, I think entirely disproved, although later investigations have rendered it questionable. It is now supposed that Edward Dix, of Watertown, was the ‘Edward Deekes’ who subscribed at the church gathering in charlestown, Aug. 27, 1630 (and must therefore have come over in the fleet with Gov. Winthrop, or very soon after) and the ‘Edward Dixe’ who was adm. freeman Mar. 3, 1634-5. Perhaps he returned to England for a wife. In subscribing at Charlestown, his name immediately succeeds that of Henry Bright, who also went to Watertown; and, in the list of freemen, his name is in the midst of other Watertown names. He was a selectman 1650, and he had been a constable previous to Ap. 1651, when he, and others with him, were fined by the Court, each 10s. for not providing half-bushels for standards, when constables. Ap. 2, 1661, wid. Susanna Dix brought suit against Sergt. John Wincol and John Dix, Exrs. of Edward Dix, for her dowry. Verdict for the plaintiff, viz., one-third rents and the costs, 13s.”

    Edward Deekes was admitted to Boston church as member number 49. He was admitted freeman on 4 Mar 1635 in Watertown. He was selectman in Watertown in 1649.

  3.   Savage, James. A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England: Showing Three Generations of Those Who Came Before May, 1692, on the Basis of Farmer's Register. (Boston: Little, Brown, and Co, 1860-1862).

    EDWARD, Watertown, came, prob. in the fleet with Winthrop and was first of Boston, No. 49 among mem. of the ch. freem. 4 Mar. 1635, by w. Jane, whose fam. name was Wilkinson, had Abigail, b. 2 May 1637; Mary, 2 May 1639; John, 4 Sept. 1640; and Rebecca, 18 Feb. 1642; had sec. w. Susanna, wh. surv. him; was a selectman, and d. 9 July 1660. The ds. were all m. viz. Abigail, 1 Dec. 1653, to Thomas Parks of Cambridge; Mary, 5 Feb. 1663, Abraham Brown, jr.; and Rebecca, 18 Feb. 1668, Thomas Flagg, jr. His will of 25 June 1660, makes s. John Excor. but the inv. was sworn to Dec. foll. by serg. John Wincoll, his guard'n. Bond gives him ano. d. Deborah, without date of b. wh. m. Richard Barnes of Marlborough, he says, and disting. him from the Boston ch. mem. by remark. that he emb. at age of 19, on 16 Jan. 1635, and that Jane Wilkinson, aged 20 emb. at same time. So there must have been two of the name. But the mem. of Boston ch. and not the youth of 19 must have been that freem., and this Deborah must have been a wid. for she was mo. of Leonard of Wethersfield.

  4.   Edward Dix, in Anderson, Robert Charles. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995).

    Edward Dix of Boston and Watertown cannot be the 19 year old who appeared on the 6 Jun 1635 passenger list of the Thomas and John with Jane Wilkinson because 1) he was made freeman 4 March 1634/5, whereas the London passenger could not have been in New England at that time and sailed from London in June; 2) a 19 year old cannot be made freeman; and 3) there are virtually no cases of passengers sailing from Virginia becoming active in colonial New England.

    Also, daughter Deborah stems from Bond's first edition, which he disavowed in the second; and Edward's will names three daughters, who are accounted for without taking Deborah into account.